Available in a various sizes and types, gas grills are quick to start and eliminate the hassle of using charcoal and lighter fluid. The grills, like other outdoor items, need to be stored when not in use to keep from being affected by the weather. Gas grills contain one or more liquefied petroleum (LP) tanks that cannot be stored along with the grill. It is important to store your gas grill properly in a location within your home.
It is not bad to store your gas grill in a garage or other enclosed area, but you need to remove any LP tanks from the grill before storing it. Turn the gas tank's shutoff valve to the "Off" position, then use a wrench to remove the tank's fuel hose from the grill. Use a non-abrasive rag or towel to wipe any debris from both the fuel hose and LP tank. Clean your gas grill using a grill cleaner and clean towels before storing it in your garage.
LP Gas Tank Storage
Store your LP gas tank(s) in an upright position outside your home away from any open flames or sources of heat. LP storage racks are available from hardware and home improvement centers as well as online. If you don't have an LP storage rack, place the tank(s) on an area of your patio that is firm, level and away from moisture. Moisture can cause the tank(s) to rust.
Gas Grill Cover
To keep dust and debris from collecting on your gas grill while it is in your garage, cover it with a commercial grill cover or a piece of vinyl tarp. If using tarp, secure it to your grill with a piece of rope. Store your grill in a dry, cool area of the garage to keep it from rusting.
When bringing your gas grill out of storage, check the grill's fuel hose, gas shutoff valve, venturi tubes that mix the gas and air once your LP tank is connected, and your grill's overall surfaces. Wipe the grill thoroughly with a clean, non-abrasive towel or cloth to remove any loose dust that may have fallen on the grill after removing its cover or tarp. Check your LP gas tank's fuel line connector and the overall condition of the tank. Take the tank to your area hardware, home improvement or propane dealer to refill the tank, if needed.
Checking for LP Gas Leaks
If the LP tank is full of fuel, mix 1 tbsp. of dishwashing soap and 1 tbsp. of lukewarm water in a spray bottle. Connect the LP tank to your grill's fuel hose line and turn the grill's shutoff valve to the "ON" position to send fuel to the grill. Spray the connector on top of the tank and the fuel hose going into your grill with the soapy water. If the water bubbles anywhere on the hose or on the tank's connector, you have a gas leak. Also, if you smell a strong odor of gas, you have a leak. Turn off the grill and replace your grill's fuel hose, according to the directions in your grill's owner's manual, and the LP tank, if the bubbling is coming from the tank's top fuel line connector.